To commemorate the 68th anniversary of the atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Google Cultural Institute has launched seven new online exhibits, in partnership with the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum. This is to bring the stories of these two cities to more people around the world who want to know more about the fateful day that changed Japan forever.
The online exhibit includes four collections from Hiroshima that bring different perspectives about the first and only nuclear attack in world history. It includes a pocket watch that stopped at the exact time the atomic bomb exploded, diaries of young women that stopped abruptly on August 6 and panoramic photos of the city after the attack. From Nagasaki, which was bombed three days after, there are three exhibitions showing curated photos, videos and drawings. One of the collections is about the famed Urakami Cathedral which was then the largest catholic cathedral in East Asia and was completely destroyed by the bomb, along with 10,000 people who perished. But a postwar reconstruction effort now has it standing “as a symbol of the city’s rebirth”, according to Google Japan’s Toru Kawamura.
The exhibit was officially “unveiled” Tuesday in a ceremony where Hiroshima Mayor Kazumi Matsui was present. He said that this exhibition will hopefully shed light about the “terrible experiences of the Hibakusha, or A-bomb survivors” and will let other people know more about what happened on those two fateful days in Japan’s history. Google Cultural Institute has also previously done online exhibitions about Nelson Mandela, the history of the Eifel Tower and anti-apartheid activist Steven Biko. The online exhibits can be viewed here.
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